I did the portrait exercise in The Body Shop
A head and shoulders shot of the staff
A wider shot of another staff in her workplace
The staff is doing her work sat the cashier
She is organising the products back in order
Picture of the products
Picture of the products
I went to the body shop to do my practice on taking portraits. It was a nice experience since I am able to practice using the camera by adjusting the aperture, shutter speed and ISO to take photos with clarity and make sure there is enough light enter the camera. For the head and should portrait of the staff, I used a low aperture so as to create a larger depth of field. Overall, I was satisfied with my performance since I am able to adjust different functions quickly, however, there is still room for improvement since some of the photos seem to be a bit too yellow due to the light inside the shop, therefore I should adjust the white balance.
There is also a challenge which I have to overcome, I was rejected by several shopkeepers due to several reasons, I was disappointed and felt timid to ask again, however, the shopkeepers in the body shop were so nice that they allowed me to take several pictures, and they are willing to let me direct their pose. I was contented and would like to do more practices to make an improvement.
Reflection of John Ingledew’s ‘The Portrait’
After reading the article, I realize that a portrait is more than a picture of a person since it may review the unknown side of a person which is beyond his/her appearance, we are able to read the sitter’s facial expressions clearly. In order to take a portrait is not as easy as we think, tools, lighting, locations are essential. In my opinion, portraits taken in a studio may have restrictions to the sitters since they are being guided by the photographer, on the other hand, natural environment reflects the situation genuinely and I think it will have more impacts. Therefore, the choice of a photographer is important since different outcomes will generate different effects.
Walker Evans is famous for taking portraits with an unseen camera, he is an American photographer who took photos in New York subway with a hidden camera in his coat. I think his work is interesting and creative since the targets do not notice that they were being photographed, therefore their expression are more insightful and different when comparing to the ones who know the presence of camera.